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The Novium

Tower Street, Chichester PO19 1QH, England
01243 775 888
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Ranked #21 of 27 Attractions in Chichester
Type: Museums
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Chichester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed a lovely Saturday visiting the Novium and then Guildhall in Priory park for free on heritage open weekend. Fascinating displays and thanks to the knowledgable volunteers who went out of their way to explain the history to us. Will visit again.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I visited the Novium over the Heritage Weekend and so, luckily, it was free. I was born and raised in Chichester and remember the old District Museum very well. I was intrigued to see what this 'new' attraction had to offer. The building itself is impressive and inside is reminiscent of modern art galleries. The layout is strange though and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The Novium was only built around 2 years ago. The cost was £7 to go in and after i paid my money i was asked by the tour guide (a volunteer) if i would like a guided tour which would last for around 20 minutes. Very intersting and very knowledgeable, i could have listened to him all day. Visited Wednesday... More

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Hants
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Visited the Novium with a Local History Group. The Roman bath very interesting, with video visual explanation, artefacts and time line. What made it really worth a visit is the other displays from Chichester history and the surrounding harbour to WW1 and WW2 along with many artefacts and displays. Interactive for children which is always welcome.

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Having never been to Cirencester before, we visited The Novium hoping to find out the history of the town. We were disappointed. The charge is £6 each for which we expected a comprehensive series of contemporary displays and exhibits. We were not offered a guide. It begins well with an excavated Roman bathhouse, but there is no explanation as to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

It is a very nice museum and the as you walk in, the first thing you see is a roman bath. The added projection on the wall and sound adds a great addition and was really looking forward to the rest of the walk round. Unfortunately this was the most interesting part of the museum. I found the layout disjointed... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We enjoyed our visit which complemented our visit to the palace at Fishbourne. We enjoyed the information provided by our volunteer guide who picked out suitable highlights before letting us wander. The baths were the big attraction but there were plenty of smaller items as well. You need to be aware that the layout is thematic or else you will... More

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I was given a very interesting talk into the history, excavation and size of the Roman baths and a great explanation of Roman life in Chichester in the baths at the time - lots of gossip - nothing has changed! I had no idea of the size and extent and the social importance of the baths lying under present day... More

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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I visited the museum when I was looking after my friend's kids (7 and 9 years old) for the weekend and we had a fantastic time. We were all very impressed with the wide range of interactive activities and displays there were, not only for the children but also adults. On the third floor we just kept finding more and... More

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Shirley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a very innovative use of a small space incorporating the Roman remains in situ, as well as the view towards the cathedral. The building is light and bright, with many fascinating displays. The numerous collections in the 1st floor room are displayed in an unusual and thought-provoking format. The inclusion of a fairly comprehensive time-line with the artefacts... More

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